Nanotechnology and Health

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale
to produce new structures, materials and devices. The technology promises scientific
advancement in many sectors such as medicine, consumer products, energy,
materials and manufacturing. Workers within nanotechnology-related industries
have the potential to be exposed to uniquely engineered materials with novel sizes,
shapes, and physical and chemical properties. Occupational health risks associated
with manufacturing and using nanomaterials are not yet clearly understood.
Minimal information is currently available on dominant exposure routes, potential
exposure levels, and material toxicity of nanomaterials.

A new and free e-course on 'Nanotechnology and Health', provided by the
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, helps to gain an
understanding of nanotechnology as well as to help identify and safely control
sources and products containing nanomaterials in your workplace.
Topics include:
- Defining nanotechnology
- Nanomaterials and how they are made
- Are nanomaterials a health hazard?
- Areas and activities where exposure can occur
- Controlling/eliminating worker exposure to nanomaterials
- The role of the health and safety committee.

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety